Saudi artist expresses faith, culture at Kosova exhibition

  • Ghadeer Hafez has hints of blue on black and white paintings, which portrays ‘hope’ when turning humbly to God

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia’s Ghadeer Hafez says her recent exhibition in Kosova showcases her belief that faith can restore balance, meaning and purity in one’s life.

Her work was displayed at the Euro Kosovo International Art Festival from Sept. 22 to 29, which was held under the title “My Creative World in Kosovo,” and featured the output of 30 renowned artists from 20 countries.

Hafez was the only artist from Saudi Arabia invited to participate in the festival by Kosova’s Ministry of Culture.

In an interview with Arab News recently, she said: “I am very keen to represent my country in international artistic forums around the world, and I consider this an integral part of my duty toward my country as a Saudi citizen and visual artist.”

In her latest work, Hafez departed from her previous style — characterized by vibrant colors depicting the hustle and bustle of life — with hints of blue on largely stark black and white paintings.

“We may get confused sometimes, but we find ourselves when we return to God. The works were dressed in two colors, black and white, as it distinguishes between the psychological state that a person experiences when he elevates his heart with God and a little … the blue color is an expression of hope in life.”

“The goal of my artistic works is the human being and how God takes care of him.”

Hafez also believes that her work expresses Saudi Arabia culture, which she says speaks to all areas of life.

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